July 2nd, 2009
12:53 PM ET
13 years ago

Biden visits Iraq over Fourth of July weekend

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Baghdad Thursday, where he will underscore Washington's commitment to a drawdown of American forces there, the White House said.

Biden is to meet with Iraqi and U.S. military officials and will also speak with troops. He is expected to deliver a speech to troops on Saturday, the Fourth of July, and may visit another city.

The trip comes a couple of days after U.S. combat troops withdrew from urban centers in the country, and left security duties in cities like Baghdad, Mosul, Basra and other communities to Iraqi security forces.

That move is part of a bilateral U.S.-Iraqi security agreement that calls for all U.S. troops to depart Iraq by the end of 2011.

Among the officials Biden will meet are President Jalal Talabani, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Parliament Speaker Ayad al-Samarrai.

Biden will discuss with Iraq's leaders the importance of achieving the political progress that is necessary to ensure the nation's long-term stability.

It is Biden's second trip to Iraq this year; but his first as vice president.

(updated 1:30 pm ET with additional information)

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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Tatianna

    The troops dont have to respect the weak leadership Team Obama has to offer the military. Under Bush, Biden and Obama tried to undermine, defund the troops and abort the missions with our troops still in combat. This clueless duo really tried to ruin success in Iraq and I for one dont appreciate them acting as theyre doing something great by putting a big period on the end of a very hard fought sentence. Team Obama has never been pressed to say how they would have handled Saddam had we not deposed him and established the new democratic Republic of Iraq.

    July 2, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Von Clausewitz

    Does he know where Iraq is?

    July 2, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. Jefferson Handcock

    Just dont say nothing at all; he could say something and Iran, and Iraq will be in a war

    July 2, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Ann Marie

    Don't laugh at Biden, he's got more brains in his head then you can imagine. He didn't get to where he is because he fumbled a few words. Look what you had in White House for 8 years– the man couldn't put a sentence together. Pathetic so don't laugh at Biden, he could wipe up the floor with Bush.
    And yes, I admire him and think he is great and I am from PA.
    Way to go Joe, visit our men and women and don't let them think we forgot them.
    Thank you

    July 2, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. talmag

    Hey Bob in Pa. Joe Biden may goof up sometimes but he knows his business when it comes to foreign affairs. That is why Obama picked him. He has been a round a long time and in spite of his faux pauxs, he is a valuable asset and the guys will be happy to see him. Besides, he can visit with his son who is serving over there. He could have pulled strings to keep him out of therebut neither he nor his son would have wanted that. For this alone he deserves your respect.

    July 2, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Steph

    What a great thing for our troops. I will pray for a safe trip.

    July 2, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Christopher

    Stumblin bumblin Joe, eh? You suppose they'd rather see you, right?

    July 2, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. IndyVoter

    Go Joe!!!!

    and @Bob in PA:

    "Just who the troops want to seeā€¦ stumblin bumblin Joe !"

    Yeah, well, he stumbled and bumbled his way right into the Vice President's office!....and you are.....? You've done...? Unless you can top it, don't knock it.

    July 2, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Paul from Kissimmee

    Can anyone say photo op? Does anybody really think that he even cares about those guys. I mean, he did vote against funding them to politically position himself for the White House. He also declared victory for the terrorists when he said "the war is lost" to gain support from the liberal traitors. He's never shown respect for those guys over there.

    July 2, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Larry


    We are Proud of You.

    Bring the Troops Back Home.

    July 2, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Confused in Neb.

    Having spent 22 years in the military the best way to give the troops a Happy 4th is to leave them alone. The dog and pony shows from VIP's take up their time off to prep for the visit and then act like you care he's there. If he want to show he cares, fly in some BBQ and Beer and a couple 1st run movies and tell them to enjoy.

    July 2, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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